The DOI’s Order #3355 Effecting NEPA Studies

The Department of the Interior (DOI) has released a new order aimed at streamlining the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews process.

The order sets a page limit of NEPA Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) to one hundred and fifty (150) pages for standard projects and three hundred (300) pages for unusually complex projects. The new page limits do not include appendices.

The order also provides a timeline that must be followed when preparing EISs. There is a one (1) year target for completion of the EIS from the notice of intent (NOI) to prepare on EIS.

This has been proposed as a way to streamline the review process, many in the preservation industry feel this will have a negative effect on historic and preservation reviews.

Let us know what you think by commenting below or commenting on The Archaeology Site Facebook Page.

Submit Questions for Upcoming Interviews With Katherine Turner-Pearson, Archaeologist and Democrat Candidate for Texas House of Representatives

Some exciting news from The Site: Over the next week, we will be conducting an email interview with Katherine Turner-Pearson, Archaeologist and Democrat Candidate for Texas House of Representatives. Ms. Pearson is running against a Republican who has held the seat for nearly 16 years… and we want you to ask the questions!

Ms. Turner-Pearson is the owner of Central Texas Archaeological Resources and has previously been an adjunct professor at Central Texas College in Killeen. She has never run for political office before, but feels like there are lots to change in her district which includes the growing economy of Waco. She sees property tax reforms, women’s health, and changing the state prison system as her top priorities if she were to be elected.

If you have any questions you would like to see Katherine Turner-Pearson answer, please submit them by using the form below, liking TheArchaeologySite on Facebook and leaving a comment, or emailing your questions to info@TheArchaeologySite.com.

RPA Field School Certification Deadlines

Every year, the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA) publishes a list of certified field schools. These field schools meet minimum guidelines set to ensure the field school provides adequate instruction in field and lab methods under a knowledgeable instructor.

The 2018 and 2019 deadlines to certify a field school were published in an email from the RPA Business Office today.

The deadlines are:

  • 2018 certification application: November 1, 2017
  • 2018 re-certification: November 1, 2017
  • 2019 certification application: November 1, 2018
  • 2019 re-certification: November 1, 2018

Members are asked to email info@rpanet.org with any questions.

GSA Per Diem Rates for the 2018 Fiscal Year

The Government Services Administration (GSA) has released the 2018 fiscal year per diem rates today. These changes are slated to go into October 1st, 2017.

No new NSA locations are added this year and fourteen locations are moved to the standard rate.

Changes vary by location so check the website by clicking here or visiting https://www.gsa.gov/travel/plan-book/per-diem-rates.